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The Master Algorithm – new book by top Machine Learning researcher Pedro Domingos


Wonderfully erudite, humorous, and easy to read, the Master Algorithm by top Machine Learning researcher Pedro Domingos takes you on a journey to visit the 5 tribes of Machine Learning experts and helps you understand what the Master Algorithm can be.



I first met Pedro Domingos in 1995 at the first KDD Conference in Montreal. He was a young and serious student but he already impressed me then as a brilliant young researcher. He justified those expectations by winning many awards, including KDD 2014 Data Mining/Data Science Innovation Award, the top award in the field, and he is a fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI).

Pedro described some of the ideas for this book in a KDnuggets Interview in 2014.

I was very intrigued by his upcoming book, and had a chance to read it during a recent flight.

The Master AlgorithmThe Master Algorithm: How the Quest for the Ultimate Learning Machine Will Remake Our World.

The Master Algorithm at Amazon.

Wonderfully erudite, humorous, and easy to read, the Master Algorithm takes you on a journey to visit the 5 tribes of Machine Learning experts (rules, evolutionary algorithms, bayesian, neural nets, and analogies) in search of the master algorithm.

Domingos combines different ideas to build up a potential master algorithm and in process even manages to propose a question to the ultimate answer of "42", make such interesting observations that "Time is a principal component of memory", and propose an idea for a company that is potentially more valuable than Google - which holds and shares your data for you.

Here is a book excerpt.




Algorithms increasingly run our lives. They find books, movies, jobs, and dates for us, manage our investments, and discover new drugs. More and more, these algorithms work by learning from the trails of data we leave in our newly digital world. Like curious children, they observe us, imitate, and experiment. And in the world's top research labs and universities, the race is on to invent the ultimate learning algorithm: one capable of discovering any knowledge from data, and doing anything we want, before we even ask.

Machine learning is the automation of discovery-the scientific method on steroids-that enables intelligent robots and computers to program themselves. No field of science today is more important yet more shrouded in mystery. Pedro Domingos, one of the field's leading lights, lifts the veil for the first time to give us a peek inside the learning machines that power Google, Amazon, and your smartphone. He charts a course through machine learning's five major schools of thought, showing how they turn ideas from neuroscience, evolution, psychology, physics, and statistics into algorithms ready to serve you. Step by step, he assembles a blueprint for the future universal learner-the Master Algorithm-and discusses what it means for you, and for the future of business, science, and society.

If data-ism is today's rising philosophy, this book will be its bible. The quest for universal learning is one of the most significant, fascinating, and revolutionary intellectual developments of all time. A groundbreaking book, The Master Algorithm is the essential guide for anyone and everyone wanting to understand not just how the revolution will happen, but how to be at its forefront.



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